Mateo Franco started his acting career in Galicia (Northwest of Spain) working with Manuel Lourenzo and Santiago Fernández. As a kid he acted in Mar do Rostro, a film directed by Jorge Rivera. He attended the degree of DRAMA and Acting at Superior School of Dramatic Art of Galicia. He also directed several pieces including one for the Bertolt Brecht Charity Tour Against Evictions. He travelled to South Korea to develop a clown for international circus company La Fiesta Escénica´s Galtuk at Gwang Gyang World Art Circus Festival. In 2013 he won a grant to study in the US. He has been working with John Strasberg at his New York Studio since September 2013. In NY he have also worked in Theodora Skipitare´s production The Chairs as actor-assistant of The Living Theatre´s founder Judith Malina at CUNY and The Whitney Museum of American Art.
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Sara earned a PhD in immunology from UMass and went on to do a post-doc at UCSF. Two years later, she moved to NYC where she earned an MFA from The New School for Drama. She has worked with directors such as Jose Rivera, Pippin Parker and Josh Fox (Gasland), as a member of the International Wow Company. A founding member of Lazy Baobab, a film company that empowers women, she wrote and produced the company’s first short film A WEDDING DAY and directed the web series PELICANS. Sara helps run and documents the LIGO PROJECT ART OF SCIENCE.
Francisco is a graduate of Madrid’s Royal Academy of Drama (RESAD). In 2004, he moved to New York to study Film, and has lived and worked in the city since then. His US theater credits, as an actor and producer, include Spanish classic and contemporary plays such as Life is a Dream, El Quijote, Zanahorias and ¡Ay, Carmela! In 2009 he played the Commandant in the US and NYC premieres of New York Times’ Critics Pick Way To Heaven (Himmelweg), by Juan Mayorga. He has received the HOLA Award for Best Actor in 2010 and 2011. Credits in Madrid include Roberto Zucco, singer of Madrid’s 2012 Olympic Hymn, and most recently La Abducción de Luis Guzmán, by Pablo Remón. His most recent film project is Circus, also written and directed by Remón.
Claudio Bandini has been in the limelight for years and has a long experience behind him. In Europe, he worked with people of such standing as Angel Gutiérrez, Agustín Bellusci and Antonio Domínguez.
He arrived in New York two years ago and his feet have barely touched the ground since then. We have been able to see him in ¨Il Mattatore¨ a one-man show, written and performed by him about the actor Vittorio Gassman, directed by the prestigious coach Susan Batson. Meanwhile, he has collaborated with AENY on various occasions in dramatized readings of plays such as ¨Mi alma en otra parte¨ and ¨Litus¨
Begoña Plaza is backed up by an impressive CV as an actress in the United States. She studied acting in Los Angeles at the LACC Theatre Academy, as well as independently, with Eric Morris, and then she moved to New York, where she continued her training with Herbertb Berghof, Geraldine Page, and Michael Howard.
Begoña has worked in film with directors of the stature of Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Tim Huber and Clint Eastwood among others.
On January 2014, AENY – Spanish Artists in New York and IATI Theater, with the support of Spain Culture New York presented the American Premiere of Días Estupendos, by Alfredo Sanzol. This production (awarded for OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST in the 2014 HOLA Awards for Excellence in Theater) has now been nominated by the Latin ACE Awards 2015 in the following categories:
Best Theater Production / Comedy
Best Actor / Comedy – Xabi Soret
Best Actress / Comedy – Maria Peyramaure
The Latin ACE Awards got their start in 1969 at the Madison Square Garden, when the “Asociación de Cronistas del Espectáculo de Nueva York” established an awards program to celebrate excellence in the theatre. This will mark the 47th consecutive edition of the awards.
Actors (left to right) Xabi Soret, Maria Cuartero and Ricardo Birnbaum received yesterday their awards for OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AND ENSEMBLE CAST in AENY/IATI production of “Dias Estupendos”, at the 2014 Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors award ceremony for excellence in theater which took place at the Battery Gardens in NYC. Actors Maria Peyramaure and Pep Muñoz, also part of the awarded cast, couldn’t attend the ceremony.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of them for the achievement!
The play Ronensbourgh, by Beatriz Cabur, has been selected to be AENY’s next Main Stage production. Ronensbourgh will be presented by AENY – Spanish Artists in New York and IATI Theater in May 2015.
A staged reading of Ronensbourgh took place last June 2014, during AENY’s second edition of the Staged Reading Series, and the play has consequently been selected to be developed as a full staged production.
The entire cast of Dias Estupendos (actors Ricardo Birnbaum, Maria Cuartero, Pep Munoz, Maria Peyramaure & Xabi Soret) has been awarded for OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST in the 2014 HOLA Awards for Excellence in Theater.
The full list of awardees was announced Monday, and the 2014 award ceremony will take place on October 13th, 2014 at the Battery Gardens, located on the waterfront overlooking New York Harbor in Battery Park.
CONGRATULATIONS to the awardees for their outstanding work.
See below the performance schedule of the Staged Reading Series 2014 for next Monday June 23rd. This event takes place at IATI Theater (64 East 4th Street – NYC). Pease note that all the performances are in Spanish only. There will be a Q&A with the artists after the readings.
Access to the Reading:
$5 suggested donation–the wine is on us.
Monday, June 23rd:
6pm MI ALMA EN OTRA PARTE (My Soul is Somewhere Else)
Written by José Manuel Mora / Directed by Rafael Abolafia / Performed by Claudio Bandini, María Fontanals, Inma Heredia, Luis Moreno & María Peyramaure
Written by Beatriz Cabur / Directed by Alfredo Tauste / Performed by María Cuartero & Gonzalo Bouza
Written by Paco Becerra / Directed by Julian Mesri / Performed by Ricardo Birnbaum & María Peyramaure